Todd Hoffman has left a major hole in the Discovery Channel’s top-rated show, Gold Rush. Hoffman was criticized for being less competitive than his fellow prospectors, but there’s no denying that his theatrics will be greatly missed in season 9.
Rick Ness Risking Everything!
Now, he is out of Gold Rush family to pursue other interests and Rick Ness has gotten a promotion to lead a new crew. Ness worked as a sidekick of a youthful mine-boss, Parker Schnabel for six years and developed the skills of gold mining. In Gold Rush season 9 premiere, we will get to hear about some of the difficulties Ness faced, including his mother’s illness and ultimate death.
He has sunk every single penny he had while leasing the claim, which his father, a construction company owner, refers to as “humongous gamble.” He makes his own crew with a handful of his old buddies from hometown Milawkee, who have joined him in the hunt for gold despite knowing nothing about mining.Though Rick is quite experienced in mining, he realizes the challenges he has to face with an inexperienced crew.
“I underestimated a lot of things. There’s a whole business side I was not prepared for. I had my predictions about who would fare the best and the worst, and I got it completely wrong. Mixing friendship and business doesn’t always work out.”
He is also joined by one legendary miner, Freddy Dodge from Hoffman crew after Hoffman took retirement. While Rick struggles to get his operation up, about 10 miles away at the adjacent claims of Schnabel and Tony Beets, there’s sort of land war going on.The relationship between former allies has gotten quite rocky in recent years because of a bitter dispute over the royalty that Parker must pay to mine Tony’s land. Ness, who is also struggling to achieve an American dream, says, “Gold is money, gold is freedom. It’s crazy that it’s just there in the ground, but the reality is you’ve gotta move mountains to get it.”
Gold Rush Season 9 premieres with a two-hour episode, at 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 12. Christo Doyle will be back to host the pre-show, Gold Rush: The Dirt, at 8 p.m., where he will be joined by Dozer Dave and Matt Rogers.
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